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Cape Town - Toshiba Electronic devices & Storage Corporation on Thursday announced that DENSO Corporation is deploying Visconti™4, which is its latest image-recognition processor dedicated to automotive applications in next generation front-camera-based active safety systems.

Visconti™4 is a leading-edge, multi engine road safety solution that provides drivers with real-time analytics of road conditions and potential dangers.

Electronic systems are taking on an increasingly central role in driving and this includes advanced assistance systems and support for autonomous vehicles, and particularly in promoting road safety.

The latest iteration of the influential European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the EU-backed safety standards, adds criteria for evaluating anti-collision features that has improved protection for bicyclists and pedestrians.

In a statement, Toshiba and Storage Corporatio said: “The Visconti™4 image recognition processor is equipped with eight media processing engines, allowing it to execute eight applications simultaneously. It can detect and analyze camera-generated images and recognizes traffic lanes; nearby vehicles, both parked and moving; traffic signs and signals; the headlights of oncoming vehicles; plus the most vulnerable road users of all, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

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Visconti™4 has double the number of processing engines of its predecessor, the Visconti™2, used by DENSO since 2015. It also integrates a new image recognition algorithm, Enhanced CoHOG Accelerator that delivers enhanced processing of luminance differences between objects and their backgrounds to better detect pedestrians at night and low light conditions.

“The global market of vehicle-mounted cameras is expected to approach $9.6 billion in 20212. Toshiba is committed respond to with automotive semiconductor solutions that further pursue traffic safety,” the document stated.

Toshiba and DENSO are also cooperating in AI, on the development of deep neural network-intellectual property (DNN-IP) for use in image recognition, and they also plan to bring this state-of-the-art technology of future additions to the Visconti series.